The garden begins to take shape.


A healthy body supports a healthy mind. Perspectives’ Dietitian, Kay Guidarelli, along with master gardeners and interns from the University of Minnesota Extension Service, along with 10 children, cleared out and planted vegetables in the Perspectives Community Garden at our Supportive Housing Campus. Later this summer, our garden will be overflowing with healthy vegetables, all within reach of our families in Supportive Housing.

The Community Garden is just one way Perspectives supports healthy behaviors in order for the families within our program recover from substance abuse and mental health trauma. Perspectives’ Dietitian, Kay Guidarelli, not only helps in the garden, but works with our full-time chef to develop healthy menus and meals for children in our Kids Connection and Summer Explorers programs, as well as one-on-one support for mothers in our Supportive Housing to plan meals, manage diabetes nutrition and provide healthy eating counseling for families.

Jeffrey Martin